It costs as much as a one bedroom apartment in a reasonable area of town. It is made famous by James Bond. It is Martin, Aston Martin and their new DB9 is fit for a king, million-dollar executive, super spy or anyone with taste and a lot of money.
If you have a spare $200,000 in the bank, do yourself a favour. The new DB9 is an improvement on the old – if that is at all possible. In fact, how do you make the perfect car even better?
First, you make it more powerful. The new DB9 boasts peak power of 517 PS, effortless torque of up to 620 NM and the new AM11 V12 engine ensures this is the most powerful DB9 ever produced.
Of course these days, with great power comes great environmental responsibility.
So the designers at Aston Martin decided a CO2 reduction, saving 12g/ km was a nice nod to increasing green sensibilities. However you can still get to 100kmh in 4.6 seconds and it still grunts like a fast car. Aiding the speed is the fact that the new DB9 is 15kg lighter.
The braking system has also been improved. Engineers at Aston Martin have described the system as the best braking system since advanced carbon ceramic brakes were fitted on every car. The new brakes offer a better response with a longer life and bring improved performance with virtually no fade.
They’ve also introduced adaptive damping to the all-round double wishbone suspension, which features three different modes – Normal, Sport and Track – that help transform the DB9 on the move.
As for the interior, master craftsmen were brought in to work with master designers to produce a level of fit and finish unheard of in a Grand Tourer.
The leather welts flow and are custom made by hand in new facilities, the control switches – made of real glass, the leather – the finest Bridge of Weir hides.
The DB9 is the classic Aston Martin. If you want sport, buy yourself the Vanquish, if you want the apex of luxury Rapide should be on your menu. If you want classic, it’s DB9 all the way.
This is more than just an upgrade. The result? The most luxurious Aston Martin DB9 in history.